The match will be the first assignment for Yanga SC newly employed coach, Zahera Mwinyi, and it will as well be the first time that Simba SC head coach, Pierre Lechantre, face Yanga.
The Democratic of Congo (DRC)-born Mwinyi has replaced Zambian George Lwandamina who stepped aside to take a similar job in his native country.
Speaking yesterday, Yanga SC assistant coach Shadrack Nsajigwa said his team is confident of winning the Sunday game following their ongoing intensive preparations for the encounter.
He also said the coming of the new coach has boosted morale in the camp in Morogoro.
"The morale in the team is very good, the players are all in good shape and the coming of the new coach has boosted the tempo...we are looking at nothing short of a win,” he said.
Yanga are currently placed second in the league’s standing with 48 points while league leaders Simba SC have 59 points, the former has two games in hand.
Simba SC, through the outfit’s assistant coach Masoud Djuma, said the squad is ready for the Dar es Salaam derby.
The Dar es Salaam derby is the most historical and popular fixture in the Mainland Premier League.
The Sunday game has the impact on deciding which team ends the season as the champion.
Meanwhile, Tanzania Premier League Board (TPLB) has fined Simba SC 1.5m/- for unruly behavior of the outfit’s supporters and officials.
TPLB yesterday said Simba SC was fined 500, 000/- for pitch invasion by its supporters during the league’s game against Njombe Mji FC at Sabasaba Stadium in Njombe, as well as for the pitch invasion after the end of its game against Mtibwa Sugar at Jamhuri Stadium in Morogoro.
Simba were also fined 500, 000/- because they sent three officials instead of a stipulated number of four officials for a pre-match meeting for the match against Prisons which took place at the National Stadium.
TPLB also warned Simba for reporting late during their league’s match against Mbeya City FC.
The wrath of TPLB also saw Singida United midfielder Tafadzwa Kutinyu face three-match suspension and pay fine of 500, 000/- for unsporting behavior during the league’s match against Mtibwa Sugar.
Singida United manager Ibrahim Mohamed was reported to the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Disciplinary Committee for inciting violence during his team’s game against Yanga SC.
Azam FC head coach Aristica Cioaba has been suspended indefinitely for insulting the referee during his side’s game against Mjombe Mji FC.
TPLB said the matter of Cioaba has been reported to the TFF Disciplinary Committee.
Mbao FC has also been fined 500, 000/- for pitch invasion by the outfit’s supporters during its game against Lipuli FC.